Small Business Resources

Interested in starting a business? 

Need help in developing a business plan, marketing your product, or growing your business? 

Whether it’s general information, training, or one-to-one business counseling, Iowa has resources for you!

Below is a list of resources available to entrepreneurs and existing business owners:

Local

Waverly Chamber of Commerce

Waverly Iowa Economic Development

Regional

UNI Small Business Development Center

Center for Business Growth and Innovation

  • Customized one-on-one business consulting
  • Free appointments
  • Affordable workshops
  • Focuses on real world small business needs
  • Live Webinars

Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber

  • Cedar Valley's One Voice for business and development
  • 800 investors representing over 40,000 employees
  • Provides a platform for shared services
  • Encourages economic growth in the Cedar Valley 
  • Offers multiple small business resources

Connect the Valley

  • Connect the Valley: A Monthly Newsletter
  • Designed to connect and network entrepreneurs
  • Resource for local events and opportunities
  • Events include Open Coffee, 1 Million Cups, Whiskey Friday and more
  • Calendar of events

State

Iowa Small Business Development Center

  • No-Fee Business Counseling
  • Confidential 
  • One-on-One
  • Customized
  • Affordable Workshops

Advance Iowa

IASourceLink

CIRAS – Center for Industrial Research and Service

Iowa Startup Accelerator

  • 90-day "Concept to Launch" accelerator program
  • Matches tech-based startups with 130+ mentors
  • Supports ag, health, education, mfg, & transportation
  • 45,000 sq feet of awesome located in Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Apply online

Startup Weekend

  • Learn, Network, Startup in 54 hours
  • Experience what it takes to start a business
  • Learn how to create a real company
  • Meet mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors
  • Make connections

National

U.S. Small Business Administration

U.S. News and World Report

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